Crime Stoppers, Victoria Police and PTV launch ‘The Hands Off Campaign’

Crime Stoppers, Victoria Police and Public Transport Victoria are joining forces to stamp out sexual offending on public transport and bring those responsible to justice.

The Hands Off Campaign, launching today in Melbourne, sends a strong message to perpetrators that this type of abhorrent behaviour is a serious criminal offence that will not be tolerated in our community.

During the next two weeks, Crime Stoppers will release the images of a number of people police want to speak to in relation to sexual offending on or in the vicinity of public transport across the State.

Victorians are urged to review the images and report what they know to Crime Stoppers confidentially. Information received will be passed to police to help find and arrest perpetrators of sexual offences throughout our transit system.

Victoria Police Inspector Karl Curran, of the Transit Safety Division, said police were committed to eliminating sexual offending on public transport.

“The Hands Off Campaign is a collaborative initiative between Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers to address sexual offending on public transport,” he said.

“Our priority is to ensure all Victorians are able to use our public transport system without fear of harm and our message to offenders is clear – your behaviour will not be tolerated.

“We’re asking the community to please review the images being released during the next two weeks and report anything you know to Crime Stoppers confidentially on 1800 333 000, via the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppersvic.com.au or the Crime Stoppers app.

“If your image is released, we urge you to make yourself known to police and we will assist you to access rehabilitative services should you wish.

“It’s only a matter of time before the community tells us where you are and we come to you.”

Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager Cathy Rhodes said The Hands Off Campaign demonstrated the charity’s commitment to making Victoria a safer place.

“Everyone should feel safe and secure on public transport and Crime Stoppers is absolutely committed to working with Victoria Police to ensure this is the case for all Victorians,” she said.

“We urge the community to visit our Facebook page and/or our website to review the images we’re releasing today, share our posters on your social media accounts and report anything you know to us confidentially.

“At Crime Stoppers we don’t need to know who you are, we don’t require any personal details from you to make a report to us, we only want to know what you know. Any information received to Crime Stoppers is handled in utmost confidence. There is no caller ID or IP tracing.

“Together we can make our community a safer place for us all to work and live.”

Public Transport Victoria CEO Jeroen Weimar said that safety on public transport was a key concern going forward.

“Thankfully the vast majority of the 590 million journeys a year on our network are safe, but any form of sexual offence is totally unacceptable and we will not tolerate it,” he said.

“We have CCTV cameras operating across the network to keep our passengers safe and we work closely with Victoria Police in relation to sexual assault crimes and other anti-social behaviour on the public transport network.”

There are around 9000 CCTV cameras at metropolitan stations, and cameras on every station platform and train carriage with Metro monitoring station CCTV 24 hours a day.

The Hands Off Campaign will run between Monday October 23 and Sunday November 5 across Victoria.

To view the images being released please visit the Crime Stoppers Victoria website – crimestoppersvic.com.au – or via our Facebook page @CrimeStoppersVic

If you have been a victim of sexual offence, please call Triple Zero or your local police station. Advice and support is also available at 1800 RESPECT or 1800respect.org.au

For more information as to what constitutes a sexual assault visit our website here.

 

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